SPRING 2016 W. CRANE GUY MEMORIAL VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Xiong Shi Yue

Xiong Shi Yue with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd

Xiong Shi Yue with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd

The Vocal Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Xiong Shi Yue (aka “Alex”) as the winner of the W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship for spring 2016.  In winning this prestigious award, the Guangdong GuangZhou, China native demonstrated overall outstanding musicianship, strong vocal skills and the potential for developing her own unique voice.  She describes her musical interest as being in the “Blues, Funk, American Pop, and Fusion genres.”

Asked why she chose to study in the Vocal Program at MI,  Alex states “I want to learn how to be a professional musician, and producer.  Because I think MI’s education is more about bands and working in a group situation, it can help me to be a musician and not just a singer!

She adds “My dream, goals and aspirations are to be involved and possibly honored with a Grammy.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Alex on winning this prestigious award that honors the memory and multiple talents of Musicians Institute alumnus W. Crane Guy (class of 2010); and supports the education of a talented vocal student.

Special heartfelt thanks to the family of W. Crane Guy for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which will help to provide students like Alex with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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SPRING 2016 D’ADDARIO GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: JEONGHUN KANG

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Jeonghun Kang with Guitar Program Director, Stig Mathisen

Talented guitarist Jeonghun Kang has been named as winner of the Spring 2016 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship. Coming to Musicians Institute from South Korea, he brings seven years of playing experience in Heavy Metal and Rock styles.

Jeonghun decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program in order to “learn techniques, live performance experience, improvising in any genre, and methods for composing original licks and songs. He added “I chose MI because my favorite musicians have graduated MI, and the school has a high student satisfaction”.

He sees these skills as an important key to achieving his goal of being able to “perform like Andy James, Andy Wood, Marco Sfogli, and play in a Rock band.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Jeonghun to the Guitar Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Jeonghun with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the full line of D’Addario Products click here:http://www.daddario.com

 

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SPRING 2016 EVANS DRUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Gabriel Donate Jr.

 

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Gabriel Donate Jr. with Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Paramount, CA drummer Gabriel Donate Jr., (who specializes in Rock and Funk genres) has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for spring 2016.

Gabriel stated that he will focus on “learning and mastering my instrument, learn as much as I can about the music industry, and what it is to be a working musician during his studies at MI.   

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Gabriel acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because “it is a school that complies with my expectations. This school will definitely increase my musical ability and get me ready for better opportunities.

He described his future professional goals as follows: “My goals are to obtain a degree in something I love doing, to build a strong network in the music industry, and to become a successful professional musician.

Everyone at MI congratulates Gabriel on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Gabriel with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

 

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SPRING 2016 TAKAMINE ACOUSTIC GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: MINSOO PARK

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Minsoo Park with Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Minsoo Park is the recipient of the Spring 2016 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship.  Minsoo comes to MI’s Guitar Program from South Korea with several years of fingerstyle guitar experience, and a preference for “acoustic funk and blues”.

Minsoo chose to study at MI because “I really want to study jazz guitar and fusion style music”.   He described his future career aspirations as follows: “I want to record an album of my own original music, and to be a singer-songwriter”!

Everyone at MI congratulates Minsoo on winning this prestigious scholarship award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP and Takamine Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Minsoo with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

Be sure to visit Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products, and their exciting partnership with ESP Electric Guitars

 

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GRAMMY U™ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE FOR WINTER 2016 QUARTER!

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We are extremely pleased to announce the eleven recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Winter 2016:

Bianca Alvarez, Yngrid Alvarez, Lucky Bell, Ruby Chase, Rayssa Gomes, Victor Kusaka, Christoff Miller, Andrea Silva Orozco, Hemang Prajapati, Suraj Radhakrishnan Pillai, Eugenia Garza Rodriguez

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (eleven total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

GRAMMY U™ — “A program for college students pursuing music industry careers, created by the music community’s leading membership organization The Recording Academy®”

Happy Holidays from The Musicians Foundation!

Happy Holidays, and warm wishes for a wonderful 2016!

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MUSIC is OUR LIFE, and OUR FUTURE!

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m reminded on a daily basis of all the ways that the students of Musicians Institute, the high schoolers that attend our Grammy Museum Music Education Programs, and local non-profits awardees rely on the support of those who understand the power of music education and the important role it plays in our lives. 

We’re proud to have just completed our best year of fund-raising ever, having brought in $114,000 in tax deductible donations!

These donations are directly awarded as scholarships to the students of Musicians Institute and fund our ongoing high school outreach programs.  We’ve awarded over $400,000 in scholarships since 2004, and have directly supported (both) the education, and musical inspiration for thousands of students over the last eleven years.

If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our scholarship fund, I invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation NOW to the Musicians Institute Student Scholarship fund administered by The Musicians Foundation.

-Beth Marlis, Executive Director

Click here to donate:

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Let’s continue to accomplish the extraordinary, and make a lasting investment in our future, our culture, and ourselves!

 

ANNOUNCING THE GEORGE DUKE KEYBOARD SCHOLARSHIP- ON BEHALF OF THE STANLEY CLARKE FOUNDATION!

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The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The scholarship is generously funded by Rich Buchanan and James Chesser on behalf of the Stanley Clarke Foundation; and has been created to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the legendary George Duke.

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The scholarship will be awarded in spring 2016 to a new student (US or non-US citizen) enrolling in the MI Keyboard Program (at AA or Bachelor’s level) who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship and “groove” in any of the following genres: R&B, Funk, Jazz or Pop.

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The scholarship award of $2,000 will be applied as a tuition discount for the Spring 2016 ($1,000) and Summer 2016 ($1,000) quarters.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 26, 2016.

For complete scholarship details, and scholarship application, click HERE.

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George and Stanley at MI

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TWO ways to get a tax deduction AND fund music scholarships at MI!

Did you know that there are TWO easy ways to really make a difference and support music education!

ONE:

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Click the image to donate via our online donation page!

Have you made your 100% tax deductible gift to The Musicians Foundation Annual Giving drive?  Join us on Tuesday, December 1st as we participate in Giving Tuesday!

TWO:

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Just click this image to go to Amazon Smile!

The holidays are fast approaching, and every time (and any time) you shop on Amazon, go to the link in the image above and they will automatically donate 0.5% of your total purchase directly to The Musicians Foundation.  EASY!

Just want to donate, right now?

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Here you go…the direct way!

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION & MUSICIANS INSTITUTE CO-SPONSOR CLASS WITH MEHDI HASSINE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

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Future Foley artists were shown how today’s films utilize sound effects.

Today, 75 high school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class:  Introduction to Foley Recording and Editing, taught by Musicians Institute’s own Mehdi Hassine at The Grammy Museum.   

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The paint can is mic’ed up!

The Grammy Museum class covered in-depth demonstrations of creative computer-based sound design techniques using ProTools software and “old school” Foley techniques for film (using examples of footsteps, and plastic paint can sampling)!

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“Great sound designers need to always be listening to the random sounds going on everywhere!”

Now in our fifth year of sponsoring outreach classes at The Grammy Museum that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation, Foley techniques and rhythm workshops.  We are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with nearly 6,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area thru our outreach class program at The Grammy Museum!

We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the music (and music technology) industry, and continue to open the door of opportunity and creative experience thru the power of music education!  

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